Understanding Your Camcorder's Aperture

If you want to use your camcorder the best you can, then you will need to learn about aperture and various other settings. These settings can be used to take much more compelling photographs that you will be proud of. Whether or not you can adjust the aperture will depend mainly on the model and make of your camera. Cheaper cameras will have a fixed aperture which cannot be adjusted. For better results, you will need to choose a camera which can be adjusted.

By learning about what the camera's aperture is and how it can be adjusted, you will find it much easier to take professional and high quality photographs.

What Is Aperture?

Aperture controls the amount of light which is allowed into your camera. The aperture is similar to the iris in your eye. This opens and closes to allow more light inside the lens. As all images even with video cameras are made up of light, the opening of the aperture can change the expose of the video. The aperture can expand and contract to adjust the amount of light which is permitted to enter the camera and make up the picture.

Controlling the Aperture

The aperture can only normally be controlled when using high end digital camcorders. Almost all cheaper camcorders use much cheaper fixed aperture. Some of the mid range camcorders have automatic aperture which allows you a small amount of control over the camcorder.

The aperture is measured in f-stops. If the f-stop is a higher number, then it means that the aperture is smaller which means less light can enter. If the f stop is a smaller number, then it means that the aperture is wider which will in turn allow more light inside the camera. The aperture settings will also be controlled automatically when adjusting the exposure or photography modes on your camera. This will limit the amount of light which reaches the image sensor.

Using the Aperture

If you are using the aperture settings, then you will also need to understand the dept of field. If you have a limited depth of field, then it will make the background blurred and cause the viewer to focus only on the subject. To create a limited depth of field, you should set a small f stop. This will only cause the viewer to be interested in the subject and ignore any confusing or overpowering backgrounds.

If you set a larger depth of field, then this will make a larger distance much sharper. If you want to record a landscape, then you will need to maximize the depth of field to make the whole image as sharp as possible. To do this, you must set a large f stop.

Practice Makes Perfect

Aperture can be confusing to use, especially at first. You will need to do some practice to make things perfect. Start recording the apertures used to take photos of certain things, as this will make it much easier to learn about the aperture settings which work the best.